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Beach Glass - Colors

Like collecting fossils, stones and driftwood, searching Lake Michigan’s shoreline for beach glass is a relaxing hobby that beachgoers of every age can enjoy. Over the years, when I have been out taking photos along the lake, I would pick up the occasional piece of beach glass bring it home and put it in my ‘junk’ drawer. As the pile built up, I started to notice the differences in shape and color in my small collection. I also began to notice how beach glass had been incorporated in the decoration of friends’ homes and its prevalence in area shops as jewelry and mosaic. As a result, I have started actively searching for beach glass when walking from location to location taking photos along Lake Michigan.

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Luminary Festival

If you’re anything like me, the upcoming holidays make this the best time of year. They’re full of joy, a giving spirit, heartwarming family traditions and music that brings you back to the happiest moments of your childhood.

I used to believe you had to wait until after Thanksgiving to think about Christmas. Now, as I’ve gotten older, I find that I want to start celebrating the season as quickly as I can. Southwest Michigan makes that easier with its festive shops and November calendar filled with fun events.

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Ben Pancoast Fall 10

Q: What makes SWMI special for fall weddings?
A: The diversity of the area is what makes SWMI so special in the fall. You can take pictures at the beach and then within 5 or 10 minutes you can be on a wooded path surrounded by beautiful fall foliage, or out in a vineyard with golden vines, or an apple orchard. There are just so many options that it makes it incredibly easy to get beautiful unique fall photos without having to spend your day driving from one spot to another.

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Photo: David Knight Photography

Who says Halloween is just for kids? Not us! You may be too old to go trick-or-treating, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t dress up and join in on the fun. You’ll find plenty of Halloween activities in Southwest Michigan that are made just for adults. Here’s a list of local, can’t-miss festivities that will raise your spirits (and your glass) this Halloween season.

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Makers Trail

Your road to craft beers, wines and spirits in Southwest Michigan.

When is the best time to tour the Makers Trail? Fall, winter, spring and summer! The Makers Trail is enjoyable year round, offering a different experience each season. With more than 30 members scattered across Southwest Michigan, you’ll have fun tasting new and long-time favorite handcrafted brews, wines and spirits. Come on your own or bring family and friends. The makers and their staffs look forward to your coming.

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